Facebook security: Users demand privacy by default

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 27 May 2010, 13:53 Hrs   |    2 Comments
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Facebook security: Users demand privacy by default
Bangalore: The hype of Facebook security concerns have taken every user into the grip, and hence, the current demand is for a default privacy setting that do not automatically share their information. The results are based on the poll conducted by the IT security and data protection firm, Sophos, in the wake of the latest changes to the social network's privacy settings.

After facing criticism for introducing the 'Instant Personalization' feature that altered Facebook users' privacy settings, Facebook started tightening up the security on its site and has announced new, simpler Privacy Setting features. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, in a blog post on the official Facebook blog, noted that the new changes will make privacy controls a lot simpler. These changes would be introduced in the coming weeks.

"Its good news that Facebook has responded to user pressure and made it simpler to control what information you share with whom - it was a spaghetti jungle of options before. But they have missed an opportunity to address the real issue, and regain the trust of those people who are concerned that Facebook doesn't take privacy and the safety of its users seriously enough," said Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos.

The poll was conducted on 605 Facebook users. The online survey asked: Would you have liked Facebook to have required you to 'opt-in' to sharing rather than 'opt-out'? To this, 93.2 percent users polled replied that they would prefer to 'opt-in' and only 6.8 percent says they don't mind even if it's 'opt-out'.

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